The Frogs graduate a lot in the trenches after this season, so Coleman absolutely has a shot to play early.
“TCU has been talking to me consistently ever since this spring and I just had a good connection and relationship with their coaches,” Coleman said. “I liked their school when I went on an unofficial visit. I watched their camps and feel I fit in football-wise and school-wise.”
From a football perspective, Coleman projects as a prototypical offensive tackle checking in at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. He’s rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, and the No. 8-ranked JUCO offensive tackle in the country.
And I mean a LONGGGGGG time.
The best start in decades
While plenty of football is left to be played, SMU is off to a start that hasn’t been witnessed on the Hilltop since the years immediately following the “Pony Express” era. The Mustangs are 3-0 for the first time since 1984 as they set their sights on TCU, and a potent offense has been the driving force behind the perfect record. Through three contests, SMU is averaging 44.3 points per game, highlighted by a 49-27 statement win vs. North Texas in Week 2. Granted, TCU will presumably boast the strongest defense the Mustangs will face all season, but it’s worth noting SMU has scored 36 and 37 points, respectively, in its last two trips to Fort Worth.
A high character guy who has walked a hard path to get to this point. Impossible not to root for David.
“I believe in being a lifelong learner,” Bolisomi said. “You’re always learning. I take that approach to football. When you have coaches that are as knowledgeable as ours, I learn things everyday.
“Our O-line coach [Chris] Thomsen has been doing this longer than I’ve been alive. Teaching me technique, teaching me the right way to step, where to punch, when to punch, all of those things … you’re always learning.”
So far, so good for Bolisomi and TCU’s offensive line. The O-line has been among the bright spots this season.
This is a more interesting matchup that it first appears to be.
The Horned Frogs must place the Purdue game in the past and look forward to this week. Prior to the season, TCU’s Big 12 opener was considered a cake walk. All of a sudden, Kansas has snapped a 48-game road losing streak against Power Five schools. I don’t want to say this is a “trap game”, but the Horned Frogs are certainly in prime position to overlook a 3-0 SMU squad led by a former Longhorn quarterback. If there’s one coach who will keep a team’s focus though, it’s definitely Gary Patterson. As he once said at Big 12 Media Days when asked about the Art Briles scandal, “Baylor’s not my problem. TCU is my problem.”
Sonny Dykes is on a roll right now. The Mustangs are 3-0 for the first time since the Pony Express days. SMU has its first vote in a poll since 2016. Things are looking up on the hilltop and nothing would be more satisfying to SMU fans right now than upsetting No.25 TCU in Fort Worth to bring the Iron Skillet back to Dallas. On the other hand, history is not on the Mustangs side. They’ve lost 11 of the last 12 games and 17 of the last 19. Not to mention, Patterson is 2-0 against Sonny Dykes as a head coach.
There is certainly respect in the conference for what TCU did last weekend.
Highlight: RB Darius Anderson carried the Horned Frogs to their second win on the season, totaling 179 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries. One of those carries was this one, which resulted in a 32-yard touchdown to give TCU the lead.
Trending: UP. TCU derailed Purdue on their own field, and thus the Frogs crack the top 25 rankings for the first time since nearly a year ago, when they were ranked No. 17 prior to losing to Texas in Austin. TCU gained an impressive 421 yards and logged 23 first downs while holding the Boilermakers to 204 yards and only eight first downs. The Frogs also easily won the time of possession, 40:33 to 19:27. The passing is the major weakness of this team (just 8-of-24 for 75 yards in this game) but if TCU is able to run for 346 yards on just 58 carries in every game, they’ll be capable of steamrolling their opponents.